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Nov 19, 2012 12:00pm EST
fiscal cliff. chris van hollen participate it and discuss chances that the republican controlled house will go along with an agreement. this is about one-half hour. >> the challenges are pretty clear. we have to focus on accelerating the economy and job growth. that means avoiding the fiscal cliff, extending middle income tax cuts. we should talk about the payroll tax component, which is a significant part of the fiscal cliff. we shall look at a one-year extension for some other mechanism that delivers the same economic benefit. >> $95 billion is the price tag. is that something the country can afford when the goal is to bring the deficit down? >> the goal is to make sure we do nothing to harm a fragile economic recovery. then to lock in a long-term path to credible, stable deficit reduction. we are trying to accomplish two things and once and make sure we do not do anything in the short-term to place a drag on the economy. we should try to boost a fragile economy. >> how much latitude as the president have to do in terms of the negotiations? is he getting pressure from the democ
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